The fifth international St Albans Film Festival starts running soon from Tuesday 26th June to Sunday 1st July 2018. It is full of lots of film screenings, workshops, and other film-themed events taking place throughout the city. This year the St Albans Film Festival theme is Speed.
There will also be 5 days of films in the open -air cinema in Abbey Orchard from Wednesday 27th June through to Sunday 1st July.
Back in 2014 journalist Charlotte Runcie who grew up in St Albans said - St Albans, “increasingly home to plenty of media-savvy ex-Londoners who come to enjoy a more rural lifestyle. I was amazed at the glitzy transformation of my hometown. The more I look into it, the more it turns out that St Albans is actually quite Hollywood.”
The Festival Director Matt Bigg says the St Albans Film Festival is “back with an amazing programme of workshops, short films and feature films, all based on this year’s theme of ’Speed’ So, whether it is fast cars, fast-talking or fast people, we have something for you. And after last year’s success, we welcome back our Open Air Cinema in the beautiful setting of St Albans Cathedral grounds, with a whole of host of films, including our parent and toddler screening, our family fun day, our teenage special, plus our ‘Affordable Cinema’, where you can pay what you can to watch a film.”
Back in the day Charlotte noted that, “because it's ( St Albans) so close to Leavesden, Pinewood and Elstree Studios, St Albans has been used as a filming location countless times (see if you can spot it in Johnny English, First Knight, Birthday Girl and Incendiary, as well as multiple episodes of Lewis and Foyle's War).”
So it is no surprise St Albans film Festival also runs a short-film competition. Each year filmmakers of all ages from across the globe are invited to submit their films. The best will be selected for screening in some of the most unique venues around the city. It may be too late to enter this year but go and see what’s on so you can get working on your own submission for next year.